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Gatlinburg to Raleigh drive

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Gatlinburg to Raleigh road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Gatlinburg to Raleigh. If you're planning a road trip to Raleigh, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start in Gatlinburg
drive for about 1.5 hours

12:20 pm  Lake Junaluska (North Carolina)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:20 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:45 pm  Blue Ridge Mountains
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:45 pm
drive for about 45 minutes

4:30 pm  Hickory (North Carolina)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 3.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Hickory (North Carolina)
drive for about 54 minutes

10:54 am  Mooresville
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:54 am
drive for about 1 hour

12:55 pm  Winston Salem
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:55 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:11 pm  Durham (North Carolina)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:11 pm
drive for about 33 minutes

4:44 pm  arrive in Raleigh
stay at The Umstead Hotel & Spa

day 2 driving ≈ 3.5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Lake Junaluska (North Carolina)  (2 answers)

Blue Ridge Mountains  (3 mentions)

Hickory (North Carolina)

Mooresville  (2 answers)

Winston Salem  (5 answers)
    questions about Winston Salem:
        What to do/where to eat Winston Salem

Durham (North Carolina)  (13 answers)
    Sarah P. Duke Gardens  (3 mentions)
    Durham Performing Arts Center  (2 mentions)
    Duke University  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Durham (North Carolina):
        Mateo Bar de Tapas
    questions about Durham (North Carolina):
        What is your favorite restaurant in Durham (North Carolina)?
        Looking for a restaurant that will accomodate a group


Where's the best place to stay in Raleigh?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Raleigh.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out The Umstead Hotel & Spa, which was mentioned 3 times on Trippy.

Want to research more popular hotels in Raleigh? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Raleigh?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest The Pit, which was mentioned 5 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Poole's  (2 mentions)
Bida Manda  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Raleigh? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Raleigh?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Raleigh. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Raleigh?  (7 answers)

profile  steve from Clayton asked:
Best Non-Chain Restaurants for Families  (2 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in Raleigh for a first time visitor?  (2 answers)

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Raleigh to Gatlinburg drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Gatlinburg? Try searching for places within 5 hours of Gatlinburg.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Gatlinburg to Raleigh. Or get a full Gatlinburg to Raleigh flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Gatlinburg well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Gatlinburg!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 330 miles
driving time of 5 hours, 17 minutes
32 Gatlinburg travel answers
2 Lake Junaluska (North Carolina) travel answers
1 Hickory (North Carolina) travel answer
2 Mooresville travel answers
5 Winston Salem travel answers
13 Durham (North Carolina) travel answers
19 Raleigh travel answers





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